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Some of my lessons learned from the year that was

“Five-hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes… How do you measure a year in the life?”—Rent It’s almost impossible to believe, but here we are again, at the turn of the calendar. … more

Share a smile and you’re likely to change another person’s day

So lately I have been testing a theory, and I have to tell you it has been so much fun. I have written about this quote before, I have been familiar with it for more than two decades, and I have read … more

Whether it’s gewgaws, gadgets or gigabytes, the less the merrier

“My echo, my shadow, and me.” If you were to walk into my house right now, that’s about all you would see. “We three, we’re all alone, living in a memory.” I am not going anywhere, and my … more

Ask a Therapist: How do I deal with the holiday blues?

QUESTION: Each year I find myself struggling emotionally with the holiday season—the time when the expectation is to “be happy and joyful.” How can I do a better job of taking care … more

Changing the way we look at the ‘now’ moments of life

Jimmy Buffett sings about a tattoo being a permanent reminder of a temporary feeling. Maybe for some that’s true, and for others, their tattoo carries a reminder of something powerful and … more

Looking for good things is a matter of life and life

A reader reminded me that it’s time for my annual “What Makes Life Worth Living” top 10 list. She also reminded me that I listed our neighborhood rabbits years ago. I had forgotten. I forget … more

Blessings emerge amid veteran’s toughest fight

Christian Redman, 50, sits on the edge of the couch, hands slightly trembling — a side effect of the chemo — as he clasps and unclasps them, a melancholy shadow in his eyes. For as long as he can … more

Today’s youth could learn a lesson or two in “good grief”

Growing up, one of the truly exciting days of the year was the day the mailman would deliver the newest collection of “Charlie Brown” cartoons. That’s right, once upon a time, whoever is … more
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